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Shit Grad Students Say

Can you think of any tropes that grad students (and tenured professors!) in the humanities like to use? For example, compound words like post-Xism, meta-Xism, ur-X, X-ification, X-ization; clichéd verbs like "let me problematize/queer/deconstruct X"; theoretical clichés like the Panopticon, performativity, the rhizome; hackneyed phrases like "the neoliberal era" or "under late capitalism"; etc.
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 10, 2016 - 29 answers

Masters Programs Like the European Graduate School

I'm looking for other programs like the European Graduate School that involves giant(s) of continental philosophy offering a moderately expensive Master's degree on continental Europe. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson on Oct 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Where to start with Walter Benjamin?

Where should I start with Walter Benjamin (and Hannah Arendt and Foucault and bell hooks and...?) (Non-academic but well-read lay person perspective.) [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 31, 2015 - 8 answers

I can haz critical race and disability theory

How does a non-academic find interesting academic texts? For months I've been trying to find stuff written about the intersections of systemic oppressions, namely racism, with bodies, health and disability. I feel so sure that some smart academics have written about this, but how do I find that writing? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Turing Machines and (Gothic) Horror

I am interested in any writings connecting (Universal) Turing Machines and horror. The idea of computers being able to imitate the behaviour of anything speaks to me of the monsters and doppelgängers from the Gothic tradition onwards. Know any writings on this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Examples of applied critical theory

I'm looking for examples of critical theory being successfully used to bring about progressive social change. Is there a particular legal, policy or social reform that can be clearly ascribed to the influence of critical theory (or any of its offshoots, such as queer theory or postcolonial theory)? I can think of many examples of activists who are influenced by theory and its concepts -- from queerness to performativity to the panopticon -- but is there any clear evidence of campaigns influenced by theory having tangible impact on lived social conditions, beyond merely "awareness raising" or "reshaping the discourse".
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Intro to Deleuze's concept of the "nomad", "nomadology" and "nomadicism"

I am looking for an introductory text (preferably available online) that will outline these concepts for me. Thanks.
posted by PhDStudent on Sep 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Recommend me books on critical / (post) marxist spatial theory

I am interested in critical theoretical and marxist spatial theory, please recommend me some books that provide a good overview or introduction to this area! Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the "principle of dissolvent rationality"?

What does the "principle of dissolvent rationality" mean in Chapter 1 of The Dialectic of Enlightenment? [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 on Oct 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Literature about art and entertainment analysis?

What are the important works of literature that analyze art and entertainment (a&e) from an interdisciplinary, critical or literary perspective? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Alain Badiou: Where should I start?

Alain Badiou: Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jan 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me find an essay on structuralist (?) literary theory

Help me find an essay on structuralist (?) critical/literary theory that I read in a class long ago. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Jun 8, 2010 - 4 answers

zoe bios philebus wha?

Can AskMe help me "get" Agamben? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Feb 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Study guide for Cyclonopedia?

I would like a study guide for a dilettante reading Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 15, 2010 - 1 answer

New theories of Mimesis (in digital/hypertextual/hypermedial cultures)

I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me get access to a journal article...

Can anyone help me out with getting a pdf copy of Robert Cox's 1981 article - "Social Forces, States, and World Orders"? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Oct 31, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for detractors of Literary Darwinism

Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Art Theory and Modern Criticism Sites?

Can anyone recommend an excellent art theory and modern criticism site? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Feb 17, 2008 - 3 answers

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD: I am currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory in London, and plan to go on to PHD after I finish. I would ideally like to go to an East coast USA/New York university to do this (for several reasons). I'd like some help with finding a good list of possible institutions... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 16, 2007 - 26 answers

What is Deleuze and Guattari's "abstract machine"?

Explain Deleuze & Guattari's "abstract machine" in a way I can understand? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Mar 27, 2007 - 9 answers

What is affect?

What is affect? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Sep 15, 2006 - 16 answers

Tips for tackling dense reading assignments

Metatextualityfilter: When it comes to reading philosophy, critical theory, and other forms of argumentative writing, what sort of active-reading methods or practices have you found successful? [more inside]
posted by mikelly on Jan 16, 2006 - 17 answers

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